My First Time at Twin Lakes Park

For as many years as I’ve lived in the area, I have never been to Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg, PA.  Thankfully, when setting up a time to shoot some portraits for friends, they suggested it as a great place to go.  They were right.  Two lakes (obviously), walking path’s, lots of tree’s, playgrounds and so much more provide a wide variety of posing opportunities.  I think I’ll have to go back and see what else there is.

The light was once again very nice from a slightly overcast sky and the sun already well on it’s way down.  To provide a bit of fill, I attached a Canon TTL cord to my Fuji X-T1 and had a Fuji EF-42 on the other end.  That sat in an umbrella mount with a 33″ white shoot through umbrella.  On the camera was the Fuji 55-200mm, so hand holding all of this was a challenge, but it worked out well.  I was able to move quickly without having to drag lightstands around and worry about the wind blowing over the umbrella’s.  I might try a slightly smaller softbox next time, as the 33″ umbrella was a bit unwieldy.  All in all, I’m quite happy with how it all turned out.

Views from Myrtle Beach, SC

One of our favorite places to vacation is a very specific neighborhood in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  It’s a small community sandwiched between the State Park and a large campground.  No high rise hotels within a mile and the only people on the beach in front of the house is people in the neighborhood.  It’s very quiet and the beach is great.  Walking a half mile to the north is the Myrtle Beach State Park pier.  This provided me something to include with the sunrise shots.  A tripod and variable ND let me slow the shutter down enough to flatten the water.

We also visited the aquarium down here and just had a wonderful week relaxing on the beach.

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